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Final North Hills evacuation orders lifted

Final orders were lifted at 12 p.m. Thursday
Posted: 12:43 PM, Aug 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-01 14:43:20-04

HELENA — County leaders lifted the last evacuation orders for the North Hills fire at 12 p.m. Thursday.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office said roads to the public areas, such as White Sandy Campground and Black Sandy State Park, will open at 7 p.m.

Officials ask people who plan to travel into those areas to use extreme caution and to be alert for firefighters and fire equipment still working in the area. They also warn people not to enter the burn area as hazards could be present.

Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service closures remain in place.

In a news release, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton thanked the staff and agencies that provided mutual support during the North Hills Fire operation.

"I want to thank my staff for countless hours, including the reserves and Search and Rescue, and to Sheriff Holton and Sheriff Gootkin for sending additional peace officers to assist the citizens of Lewis and Clark County. "

The North Hills Fire started on Friday, July 26. It burned more than 4,700 acres and is 50 percent contained. The cause remains under investigation, but officials suspect it was human caused.

More details on the fire are available on the fire information site Inciweb .